Used tack: English and western depending on the rider’s experience and weight.
Max. weight tack: 100-120 kilo (max.3); 70-80 kilo (max. 7); and under 70 kilo (max.7).
Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 7
Level : novice, experienced / intermediate, and advanced riders
The leader is equipped with first aid kit
Riding helmets provided to all riders
The Arena Stables: Horse Riding
Arena Horse Riding is run by Katerina Maliaki and Ilias Siriotis, 29 and 32 years old Greek nationals. Katerina started the contact with horses and riding from the age of four years and has worked with horses and riders all over Greece.She is certified ENVIRONMENTAL EQUESTRIAN GUIDE & horse trainer, with many years of horse riding experience participating in equestrian endurance races and qualification for the National Endurance Team of Greece in 2013. Ilias has certification for first aid and is competent to provide first aid when necessary. He also has experience with horses the last 9 years.
The stables are run in a professional and conscientious manner with, at the moment 10 horses paying individual attention to each animal ensuring that they are well-mannered and in beautiful condition. Most of them are rescued horses trained by Katerina and Ilias
The horses are:
2 Arab/Greek horses (1,48 and 1,50); 1 English thoroughbred/Greek (1,52); 2 Greek pacer ponies ( 1,20 and 1,10 still growing); 1 paint horse (1,60); 1 Serbian horse (1,60); 1 Angloarab foal (1,30 sill growing), 1 palomino haflinger pony (1,20) and 1 draft horse (1,60);
They are regular checked by the vet, and they are suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.
Arena Horse Riding covers more than 4 stremmata
(4000m2). There is a small arena (22x11) and the riders can ride in there before they go outside with their horses. There are 10 large stables, 1 toilet, 2 wooden kiosks and one tack room (3x6)of which half is for storing the harness and the other half, the riders can change clothes if they prefer and leave their things or just relax and have a coffee. There are also 50 olive trees providing shade.
The rides are taken place outside the stable yard. The riders can see various aspects of Greek nature. Olive groves, pine and oak forests, eucalyptus trees, cypress and many other tree species and countless flowers. Moreover many traditional villages where time stands still and which give a pleasant insight into the Greek way of life.
On 2 hours adventurous ride guests enjoy the central beach of Agios Spyridon and crossing the bridge of the lake the riders are on Nisos island with some hidden beaches, the medieval monastery St Caterina, Cape Ekaterini (Corfu’s most northern point), meet the Antinioti lake which is a protected habitat with rich flora and fauna, and finally reach the km’s long beach of Almiros. Here some cross country jumps only for advanced horse riders will be included.
Half day trip starts from the stable yard and goes to Nisos island. After that there is a break for drinks and snacks. Then the ride goes up the hill and through the traditional settlement of Pelekito with medieval stone houses surrounded by olive groves with very huge ancient trees. A labyrinth of paths and tracks, offering amazing views towards mysterious Albania, leads to the highlight of the tour: the wide, pristine, secluded sandy beach of the Platytera Monastery for a lemon drink with the monk (when present) and an inviting swim, with your horse, in the crystal clear Ionian Sea.
On one hour ride the riders can choose between Nisos island and traditional settlement of Pelekito
All day challenging ride leads to the semi-deserted Byzantine of Old Perithia on the mountainrange of Mount Pantokrator. A ride through fantastic scenery. The way up to the mountain starts along a selection of traditional villages, followed by paths through ancient olive groves, and than continues on a track along a gulley bordered by Oak Forest. After hours in nature, only maybe meeting an occasional hiker or shepherd, we reach Old Perithia for an amazing lunch in the oldest tavern O’Foros. After lunch we discover the oldest village in Corfu located a few hundred meters under the summit of Mount Pantokrator, Corfu’s highest mountain (907m). On the way back there is another break to see the huge cave Grava which has a lake in it, while all the time enjoying the incredible views of the coastline and in the distance the Greek mainland and Albania.